How To Cook That: Thai Coconut Sticky Rice

coconut sticky rice

Thailand has been on our mind recently. In preparation for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, which is on January 26, LouLou has been reading a Pack-n-Go Girls book, Mystery of the Golden Temple by Lisa Harris

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When we are back in Hawaii, we teach our kids about foreign countries by visiting restaurants, or making recipes they’d like to try. We are looking for a great, authentic Thai restaurant on Oahu (so, if you know of one, please let us know!, and until then, I’ve resorted to teaching the kids about Thai cuisine right in our kitchen. I’ve visited Thailand back in the day, and know how spicy a lot of the cuisine can be, so for their tummies, we opted to make dessert!
Coconut Sticky Rice is a popular Thai dessert, and is one of my favorite’s mainly because it isn’t extremely sweet. The coconut cream and mango flavors both pair wonderfully together, and are the perfect ending to a spicy Thai meal.

 

COCONUT STICKY RICE WITH MANGO

coconut sticky rice

Image credit: Dennis Wong from Hong Kong (Mango sticy rice), via Wikimedia Commons

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Frozen mango slices, thawed
  • 1 cup Thai glutinous rice, soaked and covered in cold water for at least 3 hours
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar (depending on your taste)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice until water runs clear. Drain & pour rice into a steaming bowl. Place heatproof dish on a rack in a wok filled with boiling water. Cover and steam the rice for 30 minutes.
  2. The rice will be ready when the grains turn translucent. Test by biting into a grain – if it’s not hard, it’s ready. The rice shouldn’t be extremely soft, because you want it to soak up the coconut cream that’s added later.
  3. Turn off the heat, leave rice in the wok to warm.
  4. In a saucepan, combine sugar, coconut cream & salt. Stir until sugar has dissolved and then bring the mixture to a boil. Pour in the steamed rice, and stir to combine.
  5. Remove from heat and stir every 10 minutes until the sauce has been absorbed by the rice. Once that’s done, the rice is ready to be served!
  6. Scoop a serving into a bowl. Place sliced mangoes on the rice. Serve!

Notes

  • Since mangoes aren’t in season, we opted to use frozen slices, which was tasty but a good ripe mango would have been perfect.
  • Instead of mangoes, we also used canned lychees, which was an interesting take on the classic. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Thai
Ingredients
  • 3-4 Frozen mango slices, thawed
  • 1 cup Thai glutinous rice, soaked and covered in cold water for at least 3 hours
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup sugar (more or less depending on your taste)
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice until water runs clear. Drain & pour rice into a steaming bowl. Place heatproof dish on a rack in a wok filled with boiling water. Cover and steam the rice for 30 minutes.
  2. The rice will be ready when the grains turn translucent. Test by biting into a grain - if it's not hard, it's ready. The rice shouldn't be extremely soft, because you want it to soak up the coconut cream that's added later.
  3. Turn off the heat, leave rice in the wok to warm.
  4. In a saucepan, combine sugar, coconut cream & salt. Stir until sugar has dissolved and then bring the mixture to a boil. Pour in the steamed rice, and stir to combine.
  5. Remove from heat and stir every 10 minutes until the sauce has been absorbed by the rice. Once that's done, the rice is ready to be served!
  6. Scoop a serving into a bowl. Place sliced mangoes on the rice. Serve!
Notes
Since mangoes aren't in season, we opted to use frozen slices, which was tasty but a good ripe mango would have been perfect.
Instead of mangoes, we also used canned lychees, which was an interesting take on the classic. Don't be afraid to experiment!

2 Comments

  • mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. Mango and sticky rice was my favourite food while I was living in Bangkok… so much so that the stall holder knew my name and started trying to teach me Thai. Love the recipe, hopefully I can recreate it!

    • You should make it! It’s been such a long time since my last visit to Thailand (still haven’t taken the kid-foodies), but every time we eat Sticky Rice, it takes me down memory lane.

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